These Are The 10 Best Neighborhoods In Kansas City, MO For 2018


We used science and data to determine which neighborhoods in Kansas City are the best of the best.

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Do you like your neighborhood? Is it friendly, and where everyone knows their neighbors? No matter if you live in the sticks or in an apartment building in downtown Kansas City, you have a little pocket that you can call home. And each neighborhood is different.

Smaller neighborhoods usually have obvious benefits — less crime, a slower pace of life, and a lower cost of living. But not all Kansas City neighborhoods are created equal. Some are better than others. But which ones?

Instead of relying on public opinion and speculation, we wanted to get the facts straight and find out which neighborhoods in Kansas City are the best. If you’re in one of the places we’re about to highlight, odds are you know you’ve got it made.

Here are the best neighborhoods in Kansas City for 2018:

  1. Arnour Fields (Homes)
  2. Armour Hills (Homes)
  3. Morningside (Homes)
  4. Ward Parkway (Homes)
  5. Holmes Park (Homes)
  6. Tower Homes (Homes)
  7. Foxcroft And Glen Arbor (Homes)
  8. Central Hyde Park (Homes)
  9. Highview Estates (Homes)
  10. Western 49-63 (Homes)

Read on to see how we determined the places around Kansas City that deserve a little bragging rights or maybe you’re interested in the worst neighborhoods in Kansas City.

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How do you determine the top neighborhoods in Kansas City for 2018?

In order to rank the best neighborhoods in Kansas City, we had to determine what criteria defines a ‘best’.

Using crime, census, and extrapolated BLS data, we arrived at the following set of criteria:

  • High incomes
  • Low unemployment rates
  • Low crime
  • High home prices
  • High population densities (A proxy for things to do)

We limited the analysis to neighborhoods with over 1,000 people.

We then ranked each neighborhood with scores from 1 to 107 in each category, where 1 was the best.

Next, we averaged the rankings for each neighborhood to create a best neighborhood index.

And finally, we crowned the neighborhood with the lowest best neighborhood index the ‘Best City Neighborhood In Kansas City.’ We’re lookin’ at you, Arnour Fields.

Read on below to learn more about what it’s like to live in the best places Kansas City has to offer. Or skip to the end to see the list of all the neighborhoods in the city from best to worst.

1. Arnour Fields

Population: 2,061
Median Income: $144,375
Median Home Value: $394,000

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2. Armour Hills

Armour Hills Kansas City, MO

Population: 2,511
Median Income: $107,496
Median Home Value: $237,850

Armour Hills is a neighborhood located in Kansas City, Missouri. It is bounded on the west by Brookside Road, on the north by 65th Street, on the east by Oak Street and the south by Gregory Boulevard. The name of this area derives from the fact that the land was owned by members of the Armour family of the Armour and Company.
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3. Morningside

Morningside Kansas City, MO

Population: 1,496
Median Income: $87,789
Median Home Value: $248,000

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4. Ward Parkway

Ward Parkway Kansas City, MO

Population: 3,550
Median Income: $79,687
Median Home Value: $194,250

Ward Parkway is a boulevard in Kansas City, Missouri, United States, near the Kansas-Missouri state line. Ward Parkway begins at Brookside Boulevard on the eastern edge of the Country Club Plaza and continues westward along Brush Creek as U.S. Route 56 until it turns southward across the creek just before the Kansas-Missouri state line. It then continues south for four miles, terminating at Wornall Road near West 95th Street.
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5. Holmes Park

Population: 1,213
Median Income: $75,132
Median Home Value: $184,500

Holmes Park was laid out in the 1880s, and named after Robert J. Holmes, an original owner of the site. A post office called Holmes Park was established in 1890, and remained in operation until 1955.
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6. Tower Homes

Population: 5,304
Median Income: $54,484
Median Home Value: $158,060

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7. Foxcroft And Glen Arbor

Population: 1,111
Median Income: $123,182
Median Home Value: $243,200

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8. Central Hyde Park

Central Hyde Park Kansas City, MO

Population: 1,340
Median Income: $65,875
Median Home Value: $302,950

Hyde Park is a historic neighborhood and city park in Kansas City, Missouri.
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9. Highview Estates

Population: 2,598
Median Income: $73,609
Median Home Value: $195,200

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10. Western 49-63

Population: 4,399
Median Income: $71,140
Median Home Value: $194,200

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Putting A Bow On Our Analysis Of Kansas City

If you’re measuring the neighborhoods in Kansas City where crime is low and everyone wants to live, this is an accurate list.

If you’re curious, here are the worst places in Kansas City:

  1. Sheffield
  2. East Community Team North
  3. Marlborough East

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Detailed List Of The Best Neighborhoods In Kansas City

Rank Neighborhood Population Home Prices Crimes Per 100k Unemployment Rate
1 Arnour Fields 2,061 $394,000 2,405 2.5%
2 Armour Hills 2,511 $237,850 2,405 3.1%
3 Morningside 1,496 $248,000 2,405 1.5%
4 Ward Parkway 3,550 $194,250 2,664 2.1%
5 Holmes Park 1,213 $184,500 4,463 0.0%
6 Tower Homes 5,304 $158,060 4,642 1.8%
7 Foxcroft And Glen Arbor 1,111 $243,200 2,405 2.8%
8 Central Hyde Park 1,340 $302,950 2,405 5.2%
9 Highview Estates 2,598 $195,200 3,982 3.2%
10 Western 49-63 4,399 $194,200 3,659 4.0%
11 Old Westport 1,325 $185,900 4,363 12.1%
12 Central Business District-Downtown 3,817 $176,333 3,386 3.7%
13 West Plaza 3,881 $187,120 3,109 5.1%
14 Birdlespur 1,370 $177,000 4,054 1.4%
15 Martin City 1,147 $190,550 4,812 11.4%
16 Country Lane Estates 1,695 $158,200 4,677 2.0%
17 Red Ridge South 2,893 $170,350 5,098 5.7%
18 Little Blue Valley 4,126 $176,475 4,820 3.9%
19 Lea Manor 2,140 $150,333 4,269 1.4%
20 Verona Hills 1,719 $252,050 2,405 7.5%
21 Southmoreland 3,360 $163,420 4,376 5.3%
22 Blue Hills Estates 1,759 $236,000 2,405 4.9%
23 South Plaza 2,524 $329,700 2,405 2.7%
24 Volker 3,395 $159,640 4,968 6.1%
25 Blue Vue Hills 2,503 $134,200 5,264 3.4%
26 South Hyde Park 2,042 $140,467 5,846 4.8%
27 Country Club Plaza 1,083 $58,100 2,886 6.4%
28 Royal Oaks 1,783 $141,200 6,490 4.1%
29 Waldo Homes 1,758 $119,500 6,161 3.7%
30 Mission Lake 3,670 $174,850 4,139 4.2%
31 Bannister Ares 1,489 $112,700 7,127 10.8%
32 Longfellow 1,958 $178,850 5,331 3.8%
33 Legacy East 2,056 $94,175 8,272 12.2%
34 Eastern 49-63 3,169 $103,667 8,015 6.6%
35 Sterling Acres 1,049 $102,600 6,762 14.0%
36 West Waldo 1,283 $136,250 5,168 6.2%
37 Eastwood Hills West 1,497 $66,050 8,876 10.0%
38 Western Hills 1,791 $128,950 5,713 4.0%
39 Faireway Hills 2,489 $127,400 6,265 8.9%
40 Saint Catherine’S Gardens 2,886 $126,550 6,437 3.5%
41 White Oak 2,583 $111,433 6,760 4.2%
42 East Meyer 4,611 $77,080 8,380 13.4%
43 Hanover Place 2,341 $144,533 6,712 5.8%
44 Willow Creek 3,221 $83,633 7,060 3.6%
45 Valentine 1,191 $162,500 5,198 7.0%
46 Westside South 1,713 $108,800 6,787 11.7%
47 Loma Vista 1,614 $79,750 8,343 4.7%
48 Santa Fe Hills 2,175 $107,333 7,011 5.4%
49 Westside North 1,648 $161,850 5,724 7.2%
50 North Hyde Park 1,389 $163,800 5,199 9.3%
51 Ruskin Heights 4,203 $63,375 9,234 13.7%
52 Fairwood And Robandee 3,770 $72,675 8,082 6.3%
53 Stayton Meadows 2,406 $90,067 7,421 5.6%
54 Park Farms 3,254 $98,900 7,427 4.6%
55 Richards Gebaur 1,764 $135,367 7,630 18.0%
56 Stanford Estates 1,671 $89,050 8,116 13.5%
57 Norble And Gregory Ridge 1,754 $40,167 9,240 12.4%
58 Bonne Hills 2,021 $114,267 6,952 8.3%
59 Swope Parkway-Elmwood 2,609 $68,300 8,782 11.9%
60 Blue Hills 5,223 $56,157 9,270 14.5%
61 South India Mound 4,470 $58,620 9,311 4.6%
62 Robandee South 1,543 $87,900 8,326 2.4%
63 Citadel 1,368 $83,150 8,006 8.6%
64 Kirkside 1,537 $88,000 8,244 7.2%
65 Sarritt Point 4,097 $61,683 8,759 5.8%
66 Fairlane 5,606 $84,125 8,280 9.0%
67 Pendleton Heights 3,201 $77,200 9,173 13.6%
68 Santa Fe 2,263 $52,250 9,573 11.3%
69 Oak Park Northwest 3,221 $46,725 9,618 13.4%
70 Linden Hills And Indian Heights 2,201 $129,033 6,026 9.9%
71 Hickman Mills 4,222 $106,975 7,836 8.1%
72 North Town Fork Creek 3,167 $63,220 9,026 11.3%
73 Ruskin Hills 2,593 $82,400 8,097 7.7%
74 North India Mound 5,256 $59,800 9,417 7.6%
75 Swope Park Campus 1,416 $58,100 8,951 5.5%
76 Marlborough Heights-Marlborough Pride 3,000 $50,880 9,531 10.7%
77 Oakwood 1,608 $83,550 8,474 6.8%
78 South Town Fork Creek 1,151 $45,300 8,507 6.0%
79 West Blue Valley 2,086 $51,400 9,618 5.0%
80 Manheim Park 1,424 $46,600 9,618 21.3%
81 South Blue Valley 1,749 $34,700 9,618 12.2%
82 Hickman Mills South 1,449 $82,400 8,019 7.8%
83 Oak Park Southeast 1,448 $49,450 9,021 7.6%
84 Bleheim Square-Research Hospital 1,391 $66,500 9,015 7.6%
85 East Community Team South 3,353 $42,380 9,618 12.6%
86 Washington Weatley 1,827 $51,833 9,486 17.8%
87 Eastwood Hill East 3,428 $72,000 8,564 7.6%
88 Key Coalition 1,332 $58,500 9,434 14.1%
89 Linwood Homeowner-Ivanhoe 1,320 $63,300 9,285 7.9%
90 Riss Lake 2,329 $97,900 8,157 9.2%
91 Wendell Phillips 1,607 $75,200 8,375 4.2%
92 Central Blue Valley-Park Tower Grade 1,136 $52,750 9,481 12.3%
93 Palestine East 1,291 $35,850 9,419 8.2%
94 Ivanhoe Southeast 1,405 $43,150 9,605 12.1%
95 Vineyard 2,113 $58,533 8,675 8.8%
96 Blue Valley Industrial 1,580 $37,433 9,618 6.2%
97 Lykins 3,649 $57,650 9,268 5.2%
98 Oak Park Southwest 1,890 $39,950 9,618 7.0%
99 East Blue Valley 1,692 $42,500 9,618 14.1%
100 Hillcrest 1,302 $42,250 9,302 7.0%

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